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UC-AFT National Adjunct Walkout Day Activities #NAWD

At UC, 50% of student credit hours are taught by contingent faculty.

On February 25, adjunct faculty across the nation are holding actions to raise awareness about the inherent inequality of the two tier faculty system that relies on up to 75% of faculty working off the tenure track.  At many institutions, faculty in these positions receive a fraction of the wages of full time and tenure track faculty, and often have no benefits and no job security.  Adjunct faculty are hired term-by-term with very high teaching loads, and often have to have appointments on multiple campuses to earn a living wage.  Adjunct faculty rise to the many challenges they face in providing the high quality education our students deserve, but the system is broken.

UC-AFT stands in solidarity with contingent, adjunct, part-time, non-tenure track, and visiting faculty who are organizing for a more equitable faculty system.  Please see below for details on all the events we have planned for National Adjunct Walkout Day on February 25.

UC Berkeley

Contingent Futures: a conversation between UC grad students and lecturers about academic labor and the changing nature of the public university

https://www.facebook.com/events/853207908070088/

Wednesday, February 25, is the National Adjunct Day of Action, and the UAW and UC-AFT are jointly sponsoring a conversation between lecturers and graduate students about academic labor in the UC. Topics will include the historical and current role of contingent labor in the university, UC lecturers’ “adjunct” status, their relationship to other faculty and graduate student instructors, the lecturer’s contract, and the union’s goals for contract negotiations currently getting under way. A panel of four speakers will offer personal perspectives on such issues, followed by an open conversation among all who attend.

Time: 5-6:30 pm
Place: 300 Wheeler

Topics will include (time permitting)

·       the historical and current role of contingent labor in the university;
·       UC lecturers’ “adjunct” status, privatization, and the decline of shared governance;
·       the lecturers’ contract and goals for contract negotiations currently getting under way; 
·       the career transition from graduate student to lecturer; 
·       graduate students’ and lecturers’ shared academic work and values;
·       opportunities for organizing together.

A panel of four speakers will offer personal perspectives on such issues, followed by an open conversation among all who attend.

UC San Diego

UCSD Adjunct Day of Action Teach-In: Toward a Democratic University

https://www.facebook.com/events/1502029656686284

In solidarity with the Nationwide Adjunct Walk Out and Day of Action, UC-AFT in coalition with unions and student groups at UCSD, will be hosting a Teach-In and Roundtable Discussion. 
11:30am Student Walk Out
12pm Rally outside of Geisel Library
12:30pm-2:30pm Teach-In and Roundtable Discussion in Yosemite Room (Canyon Vista at Warren). Topics include: Adjunct Issues, Neoliberalism and the UC, Race and the UC, Community and the UC and the Master Plan.

Please help us to spread the word by inviting your friends, teachers and the community!

UC Santa Cruz

St. Precaria's Pilgrimige: National Adjunct Day of Action

Join UC unions and students on a march around campus to protest the increasing precarity of the folks who teach most of our higher education courses - It will be the kickoff for the AFT contract campaign in which we are trying to create more security for our short term lecturers.

https://www.facebook.com/events/886728034698759/
 

UC Los Angeles

Teach In at steps of Powell Library 3-5pm with graduate student, lecturer and senate faculty speakers.

Lecturers are adjunct!